Highland Village
Highland Village
4.5
Historic Sites
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October.
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Terence D
Halifax, Canada89 contributions
This was my second time here, the previous time being maybe 5 years prior. The first time was interesting, but a much better experience this time. There is a time line, and there are people situated in all the stopping points who are in character, and if you talk to them, they'll respond in character and give you a real feel for what life was like at the time represented. You have to play your part too. We went into one house that had a fiddle on the table and asked if anyone played. Sure enough, one of the residents did, and played for us.
Also, a nice drive to and from.
Written October 19, 2021
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The Rick S
Florida21 contributions
Our family absolutely LOVED the Highland Village. The staff members are in character at each section of the village to offer a first hand account of the time period that they are representing. Our kids (ages 8 and 10) had the best time. Such a great experience - highly recommend.
Written July 16, 2022
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Bryan W
Ottawa, Canada521 contributions
Couples
This place compliments our experience at the Fortress of Louisbourg nicely. The setting overlooking the Bras D’Or lakes is spectacular, and this outdoor museum is very well set up. We booked an online reservation, but it wasn’t needed - it wasn’t busy at all, and it was free. I’m not a huge fan of the characters in period costume that interact with you, but they were very well done - maybe better than Louisbourg. The idea of taking you through the buildings in sequence of time is clever and effective. I highly recommend this place.
Written August 28, 2021
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada330 contributions
Friends
This outdoor village is so well down. The interpreters in each place really made history come alive. It is all walking around outside between the different buildings and it is a bit of a climb up to the start. We really enjoyed our time here
Written June 15, 2022
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econospan
Chase, Canada113 contributions
we went in oct to visit this site... the weather was horrid. raining sideways type of thing.. we found the staff very unhelpful. showing the signs of the weather i think.. our guide was not attentive at all.. the site is not for the faint at heart... the guide would not keep pace with the majority of the group.. the climb is stressful when the conditions are not ideal. when the guide stopped to explain something, there was no thought at all about the weather. trying to listen was a chore and very concerning.. we went to the first hut. very smoky and lots of add ons to our group. we were shoved to extremities of the hut when more folks showed up.. when we left the add ons stayed with the group making it even more difficult to keep up.. we abandoned the tour shortly after and went on our own... there should be a means of transportation other than steep climbs.. like a horse and wagon.. just saying.
Written February 1, 2020
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May S
4 contributions
I was able to talk to so many people. They answered my questions and were very knowledgably. Nice to have so many staff around. Two great bathroom locations: clean and new! My almost two-year-old LOVED it! Many things to look at and enjoy! You can actually go in the homes which is nice!
Written July 24, 2021
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Deb C
Woodland Park, CO87 contributions
Friends
LOVED THIS PLACE! Walk into the past at this outdoor museum celebrating the migration from Scotland. Open air museum. People in period dress discuss the different buildings, which represent each part of the migration from Scotland (stone croft) to well-developed Nova Scotia farm communities. And don't miss the fresh oatcakes (and recipe) and tea in the welcome center. Side note: There is a steep hill to walk up/down. My mom walks with a cane and was able to walk down (we were bused to the top).
Written November 4, 2014
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Oatcakes are very tasty indeed! Did you try the recipe? I'm glad you took the opportunity to drive your Mom to the upper part of the Village and that she got along fine from there. Thanks for writing.
Written November 12, 2014
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Faithfultraveler
Halifax, Canada670 contributions
This impressive outdoor living history museum tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Cape Breton. It was rainy and a bit foggy on the day of our visit, but we found it only added to the ambiance. All of the villagers were dressed in period costumes and provided first-person narration of stories and experiences appropriate to the time.
They were clearly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing their Gaelic culture and identity, and it felt like we had travelled back in time and were visiting these characters in their own homes. Many of the villagers were also fluent Gaelic speakers which added to the authenticity of the experience. There is also a nice gift shop providing an opportunity to purchase some of the items that are actually made by the villagers.
Of course the changes required due to Covid meant that we couldn't partake in sampling some of the goodies that emerged from the warm ovens, but the wonderful aromas wafting through the air enhanced our overall experience.
We would highly recommend a visit to this unique and fun museum!
Written July 22, 2020
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Wetherstone P
Midland, Canada195 contributions
Have visited this attraction multiple times but brought some family members this time who had never been to Cape Breton. It was a rainy day and I was disappointed that the view from the village was foggy (it did clear slightly before we left and my family was impressed). There was an interpreter in every building and they were all excellent at providing information about the various buildings and life at the time. We had to rush through the last few as it was closing time but this is a place I would recommend for all ages.
Written October 22, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to write. We have just finished a very busy season and this puts an exclamation point on a great year at the Village!
Written October 23, 2019
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Frederick G
Flemington, NJ381 contributions
Couples
If it weren't for the hilltop panoramic setting, I'd give it a 3 star rating. So, so for these typical recreated villages. The walk can be problematic for some and the rest rooms are luckily down by the large parking area. Didn't really do it for me, I think the pig was actually the highlight!
Written December 26, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit. We agree that the view over the Bras d'Or Lakes from the top the Highland Village is wonderful.
Written January 3, 2019
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